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If you want a boat that floats, don't buy this boat. It's heavy, turns over sideways with the slightest movement. It's made of very heavy plastic. Too heavy to be buoyant almost. The concept is great but the design needs a lot of work. I believe a toy boat should be able to float well and not sink easily with small children.
Our 2 year old son absolutely loves to play with this toy, and it makes bath time a truly great time for him (and his dad). There seem to be a lot of negative reviews on amazon, but I haven't experienced any problems. However, you'll need to push the boat underwater to fill the bottom part with water. If you don't do this the boat will not stay afloat and the canon won't work either. So maybe that's where other reviewers have gone wrong? (as it doesn't state this in any instructions.) If you use the canon, you may have to repeat the process to refill the boat with water in order to keep it afloat. As long as the boat is filled with water, it floats with no problems and our son loves squirting the water from the different canons! Lots of fun and good quality.
Good basic bath toy. Bought for my 1 year old, he is a little young for it though as he can't work the cannon or water spout - the boat needs to he held stable to press the octopus down. The whole boat needs submerging under water first to fill up the base, this keeps it stable. If you don't do this it will capsize, which I read is the issue some reviewers have had. Lovely and sturdy and I love the bright colours and simple design.
Got one for my boy when he was maybe about 18 months and he still lives it age 4. It’s finally started to look a bit tired lately thanks to the limescale in our London water but it’s lasted really well and been much loved so don’t feel it owes me anything! Recently bought one as a gift as I know it will get played with.